Post # 1
I am wondering how many mom’s did/are doing a nursery and if it was worth it. The room that would be the baby’s room is mint green. It’s pretty, and I was just going to leave it because the thought of spending time and money to decorate a nursery that the baby will grow out of makes no sense to me. Add some splashes of black and we’re done!
Then I started buying baby stuff…Dr Seuss baby stuff…and my nesting instinct kind of kicked in, and now I am wondering if I will regret not preparing a nursery in Dr. Seuss theme since I LOVE Dr. Seuss. For the first few months the baby will be in our room, which won’t be decorated for our son. He will just have his pack n play and changing station in there. During the day when my mom babysits he will be in his crib in this room that he will eventually graduate to after a few months, so it isn’t like that room won’t be looked at or used if it were all cutsie decorated.
The room will eventually need to be repainted anyway because a boy isn’t going to want a mint green room (that, and I’d like it to be more of a neutral color anyway). While it works for a boy, you would definitely think more “girl.” BUT the pregnant crazy lady in me has already convinced myself if we repaint it white, like we want, I might as well just do the Dr. Seuss nursery I want. At least if I did the nursery with white walls then when he gets older or a second child comes along I won’t have to go repainting it again to something gender neutral.
So, ladies, nursery…worth it? Not worth it? Should I do it? Will I be glad I did? (Feel free to include your own nursery pics)
Just FYI the nursery right now is somewhere around this color mint green:
Post # 3
Well, I’m probably not the best one to ask, since I have that picture pinned and am planning on painting our nursery that exact color! I think if it’s already a cute color you’re happy with, then don’t worry about it. On the other hand, there’s no arguing with the nesting instinct, so if you want to do a Dr. Suess them, go for it. Either way will be just fine.
Post # 4
I LOVE my nursery; though, Evelyn has been sleeping in her crib in her room since she was 2 weeks old, so I get a lot more use out of it than you might! Every diaper change is done in her nursery, we play in her nursery, when she is fussy I rock her in her nursery. Her room has lots of color and interesting things to look at and she loves it. So, in my opinion, definitely worth it!
Here are some pics…
Post # 5
@megz06: Well considering my little boy’s room IS MINT GREEN. I see no issue of it. The previous owners of the house had a little boy in that room who was 6. So yeah you can leave it Mint Green.
Honestly doing a nursery is more for the PARENTS than the baby. We did Winnie the Pooh and my son is not huge into Pooh. He currently loves dino’s and Mickey Mouse. I am just leaving his room as is with the Winnie the Pooh stuff up until he is ready and wants to change his room
Post # 6
Well, what is the room being used for currently? Anything?
We still haven’t put together a nursery for DD, because we knew she’d be living with us for the first several months after her birth. My first pregnancy thread was actually about this exact question — I was wondering how long we could conceivably last without giving the baby her own room. The room that is going to be hers is currently a guest room with a king sized bed in it, and … man am I ever glad we waited on the nursery. That room has gotten more use in the months since Audrey’s birth than it ever did in the prior year. Not just with visitors (my mom, MIL, FIL, etc), but with DH and I! Once we got into a rhythm with the baby, we realized that it was utterly pointless for us BOTH to be exhausted and shitty after a bad night, so we started switching off. The person who wasn’t on duty got to sleep in the guest room and was blissfully unaware of any crying, gas attacks, diaper changes, bad dreams, etc.
Probably within the next few months we will begin to transition the guest room over. We’re pretty much just going to hang pictures on the wall to make it cutesy — no painting since we live in a rental. We absolutely could have done all that before she was born, too … we just didn’t want to move the bed out of there. So my advice is, if you have a guest bed in that room, KEEP IT!!! At least for as long as you can. That guest bed might just be your savior in baby’s first months 🙂 And you can still Dr. Seuss it up to your heart’s content. Little kids love that stuff even more than babies, so you probably wouldn’t need to do any redecorating for years!
Post # 7
I did this with my first child. Not my second. I realized after my first kid, you have to re do the room as a toddler room, as they grow out of the “baby” room, then you have to change it from a “toddler room” to a bigger kid room, then to a pre teen room. it never ends. LOL
Post # 8
@FloridaGatorBride: See, cute nurseries like yours are the reason why I want to do it. He will get use out of the room during the day since my mom is daycaring at our house, but during the night we will be in our room, which is downstairs. We don’t want to place him upstairs until hes a few months old. Cute nursery!
@Sassygrn: Haha I really do like the mint green, and I know the nursery is more for the parents than baby. I just thought everything on my registry or things I already got are Dr. Seuss because I tended to graviate towards those items, so the room is going to be mint green and Dr. Seuss, which may look awkward. I know no one will probably care, but it bothers me for some silly reason that I didn’t coordinate better. The room, if I redo it, will be white and all the Dr. Seuss decorations will be kept pretty simple, but I am still on the fence anyway.
@iarebridezilla: That room right now is pretty much just a storage area for baby’s stuff and a piano lab for my husband, lol. There is a room next to it that is already a guest bedroom, so its set up and ready to go! I want to keep baby in our room for quite some time as well, at least for 3-6 months depending on how I feel, but like I said during the day he will be in that room I want to switch to a nursery (which it was a child’s room prior to us owning the house too). Dr. Seuss is one of those things I think any child, boy or girl, would love, and I don’t plan on decorating the room with Dr. Seuss stuff that is attached to the walls. Just more so using the color scheme really, so it can be changed pretty easily.
@rickhurst35: What did you do for your second child then? How did you decorate or did you not of a theme or color scheme at all?
Post # 9
@rickhurst35: +1000. We are on our fifth bed (crib, toddler bed, twin bed, bunk beds, now loft bed) for my twelve year old son. Granted, that’s excessive and you do not need to keep buying new beds and re-decorating but I’m a sucker for Pottery Barn Kids.
if you have the space and the money and it gives you joy, go for the decorated nursery. I love my nursery because I’m not a co-sleeping parent. My external environment is also very important to me, I work very hard to have a beautiful, organized home. As soon as possible, my baby will be sleeping in his nursery in his crib (just my humble preference). I also like how all of his stuff is neatly organized and ready to go in his nursery and found that my older son was a very good sleeper early on because we established a night time routine in his bedroom. Do I think that a designated nursery is absolutely needed – no but it can be nice to have everything organized in one place.
Post # 10
@megz06: I just painted his room blue. Put letters up on his wall, spelling his name. Then we moved before the toddler years, several times, went through divorce, so he never really had a “room” to make his own until now. Now, he has a bright ass orange room. We put mine craft stuff on his walls and a finger painting that he made. He’s 7.
Post # 11
@megz06: You know my thoughts! IMO I would paint the walls white and go for the Dr. Seuss theme!! But either way it’s going to look great!
Post # 12
@megz06: Also – go with a basic color, instead of pastals. They will want bolder colors when they get older – This will eliminate future paintings. Painting, I hate it.
Post # 13
I am not going to do a nursery. I got cute bedding I liked and I would do the furniture portion (the obvious like crib, changer, and things like bookcases or organization for toys or other things). But I don’t want to paint, I would do neutrals and I’m not going to go out and buy decor like specific pink girly lamps or stuff like that for it. I just don’t see the point. Maybe if I happened upon something on clearance or super cheap that would be cute I would get it. But that’s probably it.
The nursery is really for the parents, not the baby. So I think if it’s worth it to you, then do it! I’d probably just leave it the mint green color! I actually find that color to be pretty neutral (I think it works for girl or boy).
Post # 14
when we have kids, i’ll do nurseries. and when they “grow out” of the nursery decor, i’ll redecorate. paint is cheap. it’s easy to paint a room.
Post # 15
@rickhurst35: Thanks. I figure white walls would be good because then when he does grow out of Dr. Seuss, he can put up whatever he wants without having to repaint his room.
@Foreverblonde345: Thank you for your reply. We do have the space, and we do have the money, but that is why I was hemming and hawing about it if I really want to spend any money on decorating. Paint is pretty cheap, and even if I go Dr. Seuss, I am not going crazy on decorations. It will just be a nice simple room with some Dr. Seuss elements and baby stuff from my registry that matches.
@eecuadrado: Lol I know you are all for it!
@kes18: This is kind of me. I’d like the room white anyway, and if I do that I won’t ever have to repait. I will use what Dr. Seuss stuff I already have, but as far as buying a bunch of new stuff like lamps or painting one wall red and white striped or something I don’t want to go crazy like that. To each their own, but that’s what I can’t justify; spending money and time to pain chevrons on one wall and then put up butterfly decals, wooden letters, lamps that have butterflys and all that. I don’t want to stress myself out seeking out Seuss stuff.
@colorofmyheart: Come pain our nursery! Lol. We actually can do it ourselves pretty easily, but my uncle is a painter and has that spray machine thing so the job could be done in little to no time as well. Plus I wouldn’t pay for anything. I do like decorating, but I would keep it simple enough to where I wouldn’t have to take down a whole mess of stuff when he decided Dr. Seuss is no longer cool.
Post # 16
@FloridaGatorBride: Glad to see someone else with that pretty blue/green and dark furniture! Our nursery has cherry trim and SO is so annoying about painting a light color with the dark trim. I can’t wait to show him that yes, you can indeed have dark wood with that color.
Oh- and that it can be for a GIRL. We don’t know what we are having, but I told him I want that color for a girl or a boy and he thinks I am crazy. haha